Continuing Professional Development Program | APEGA

Continuing Professional Development Program

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is part of the Regulations under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. This mandatory program ensures the health, safety, and welfare of the public by requiring that professionals engage in lifelong learning on an annual basis.

CPD Programs Applies To

  • Professional Members
  • Licensees

CPD Program Does Not Apply To

  • Exam candidates
  • Members-in-Training
  • Students

Submitting CPD Hours

You must claim at least 240 professional development hours over three years, with an average of 80 hours per year, in at least three of the six categories listed in the Continuing Professional Development Program guideline. If you obtain more than 80 hours in a year, you can carry over the extra hours for the next two years.

You can submit your CPD hours by logging in to the Member Self-Service Centre. For new Members, the first Period End Date field in the CPD hours table should be left blank or 0. This is when you received your professional membership.

Do not submit detailed information about your CPD. However, keep this information for three years in case you are audited by APEGA's Practice Review Board. You may want to use this Detailed Activity Record (DAR) to record your information. Use your professional judgement to decide which activities are suitable for reporting.

Submit your hours to APEGA each year. You only need to submit hours you've gained in the 12 months before your annual membership renewal date. If you have questions, please email cpd@apega.ca.

Example

If you renewed your membership on June 1, 2015, your three-year CPD cycle is from June 1, 2016 to May 30, 2018. You would enter your first year of CPD hours by May 30, 2016. By May 30, 2018, you must have submitted at least 240 CPD hours.

Non-Compliance

If at the end of the three-year membership cycle you have not submitted your hours, APEGA will give you one more opportunity to submit your CPD hours by a certain date. If you do not submit your hours by that date, APEGA will cancel your licence. This means you will no longer be legally allowed to independently practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta.

Reinstatement

You can request a reinstatement if APEGA cancelled your licence because you did not pay your annual dues or because you did not comply with the CPD requirements.

Practice Change

If you are a Professional Member or Licensee who is not practising engineering or geoscience, you can have your CPD requirements waived for one year by completing the non-practising form.

Special Consideration Request

If you are a Professional Member who is not practising full time, you can ask to have your required number of CPD hours reduced by completing the special consideration form. If approved, this is valid for one year only. If your situation has not changed when the status expires, you must submit a new request.